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Obama Schedule || Friday, September 21, 2012

9:45 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
11:30 am || Delivers remarks via satellite at the AARP Life@50+ National Event & Expo; G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, Woodbridge, Virginia
12:45 pm || Delivers remarks at a campaign event; Woodbridge, Virginia

All times Eastern

52 Responses to Obama Schedule || Friday, September 21, 2012

  1. Whatsamatter? can’t fly to Virginia to face the old timers face to face? Scared they’re going to ask where their $716billion in Medicare money is?
    chicken, cluck, cluck.

  2. Guess it’s not worth his time to take the helicopter to Woodbridge to deliver the remarks in person. The weather will be nice tomorrow ~ he’ll be able to deliver them from the golf course at one of the local military installations here in town.

  3. I’m still laughing over the fact that he’s broken a record by actually having his PDB’s five days in a row. It must be killing him to have to appear at 9:30 or 9:45 just to make it look good. Normally, he sleeps in and skips the briefing before he flies off somewhere to campaign and fundraise.

    Hmm, on second thought, I note the phrasing: “Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing”. That could just mean that he simply “receives” the PDB, as in he gets it on his iPad, which is what the WH claimed when Marc Theissen’s article came out last week (Monday, 9/10/12) about how BHO skips more than half of the PDB’s. Maybe the Obummer administration has decided that they will simply add “Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing” onto his schedule every day since they do in fact send the PDB to his iPad each day.

    Keith, is there any way of confirming that BHO is actually in the Oval Office for an actual briefing, or is he simply “receiving” the PDB?

  4. Yes! I like where this is going… A smoking gun and a PDB”Gate” in the making… Seriously, it does not matter where our President gets his briefings – any briefing. If he wants someone to sing it to him while he is playing the flute, why on earth would you care? Wait, don’t answer – I have not had my morning coffee.

    Instead of behaving like a 3 year old deprived of your binky, why not share how we can add 2T to defense, 5T in more tax incentives, and balance the budget – to include servicing interest and paying down the principle. The current revenue stream and budgeted line items are well documented and readily available. What to “cut” is the fun part. Have fun and do share.

    • RT, sounds like you are more into Finance/Budget issues (which is ok, thats a subject Im not well versed in or follow closely) But some-many of us (a Vet like myself) are concerned about National Security/Foreign Policy issues and that means we do worry about where-how the Pres. gets his briefings… these are real world life & death issues that the Pres. as CINC is ultimately responsible for. (…even if Obama tries to blame everyone else for his foreign policy mess…)

    • I have to reply to the first part of your comment. I won’t even begin to touch the second, as I am not an accountant and I try not to speak about things to which I am not familiar.

      It does matter when and how he receives the PDB for several reasons. To start with no cold report can get across to someone the significance of certain situations as clearly and concisely as a face to face report can. This is especially true of threat assessments. During the course of my professional career I have worked with a variety of supervisors who had extremely varied management styles. Shortly after the OKC bombing I made numerous suggestions regarding the external security of our facility to a major in my division, all presented on paper, and never heard one word back regarding anything I had submitted. After waiting several weeks, I finally got my captain to do a walk around with me, and I pointed out numerous areas where we were vulnerable to a similar type of attack, or worse. The captain took my ideas and went over the major’s head to our division commander, and within 48 hours my suggestions had been implemented. Being the jerk I can be, I made it a point to shove the major’s nose in it, not a good career move in the long run.

      Another example. Different organization, different supervisors, but this time literally deadly results. I was working for a different agency, and was tasked with being the liaison between our agency and numerous other agencies – local, state and federal. I was also assigned to work as part of a task force charged with tracking and arresting the worse of the worse in our region. My weeks grew to be 70+ hours long at a minimum, coming in at 6am and leaving well into the night. If something went wrong over night, I would be the one who would get the call from our deputy director. And I got a lot of calls. After nearly a year and half I asked for a meeting with our regional supervisor to discuss a reduction in case handling, along with the tasks already named, I was still expected to continue doing case management regarding those that I was handling. I was told to submit a written report and send it to him. I did, and still asked for a face to face. That was denied multiple times. Several months later I was actually home one night watching the local news when a story came on about one of the people I that was on my caseload. The person had no history of violence, and had been a good source of info for several other agencies, but since I was tied up with all my other duties, I had not been following up with him as I probably should have been. The news reported that he had killed his former girlfriend, her mother and himself.

      The next morning I finally got my meeting with my regional supervisor. He wanted to know what had happened. When I explained everything, his comment to me was that I should have come to him months ago about my case management load. I almost decked him right there in his own office. Thank God I had not only sent him paper copies by emailed copies that were BCCed to myself to cover myself. Several months later I left that agency, the feelings that I somehow was responsible for the deaths of the two women still haunts me. Especially after having seen the photos of the crime scenes. The upside was that the regional supervisor was advised to retire after all the information came out about his refusal to meet with me, or any other agent. My former employer buried this event as deep as it could, and nothing else was ever mentioned on the news.

      Now do you understand why it is important for briefings, especially briefings that involve threat assessment and analysis need to be done on a face to face level? No amount of paper or electronic communication can replace what will be conveyed by a human being. The events on 9/11 this year in North Africa are prime examples.

      • To reinforce your point Shofar. I spent three of my 21 years in the Navy in the Mediterranean serving as an intelligence duty officer for Commander, Sixth Fleet (three star admiral). Each morning we would write an intel summary that went out to those ships and stations in the region. But, we briefed the Chief-of-Staff in person. I always tried to anticipate his questions but invariably he’d still ask question or want further analysis. Just reading intel reports is never good enough.

        • J2O – Yep, paper can NEVER tell the story that a human can. That is the problem with these “academicians.” To them everything is black and white and cold facts, when there is too much chance for things to get FUBARed due to humans and their tendency to think for themselves.

  5. And the current poser has missed well over half during his tenure!

    The PDB is intended to provide the president of the United States with new international intelligence warranting attention and analysis of sensitive international situations. The prototype of the PDB was called the President’s Intelligence Check List; the first was produced by Richard Lehman at the direction of Huntington D. Sheldon on June 17, 1961. The CIA produced the first PDB for President John F. Kennedy in 1961 and the first issues were trial runs.

    Although the production and coordination of the PDB was a CIA responsibility, other members of the U.S. Intelligence Community reviewed articles (the “coordination” process) and were free to write and submit articles for inclusion.

    While the name of the PDB implies exclusivity, it has historically been briefed to other high officials. The distribution list has varied over time, but has always or almost always included the Secretaries of State and Defense and the National Security Advisor. Rarely, special editions of the PDB have actually been “for the President’s eyes only,” with further dissemination of the information contained left to the President’s discretion.

    Production of the PDB is closely linked to that of another publication, historically called the National Intelligence Daily, that contains many of the same items but is distributed considerably more widely than the PDB. Former Presidents are entitled to receive the PDB, if they so desire, only after the sitting President actually receives his daily briefing.

    Political importance

    Former Central Intelligence Director George Tenet considered the PDB so sensitive that in July 2000 he took the position with the National Archives and Records Administration that none of them could be released for publication “no matter how old or historically significant it may be.

    During a briefing on May 21, 2002, Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary, characterized the PDB as “the most highly sensitized classified document in the government

  6. I don’t recall in four years time Obama ever appearing with seniors live, not before a large group or just hugging a few old timers. We did not vote for him in 2008 and I imagine it’s stuck in his craw.